What is Sentinel-2?
The Sentinel-2 mission is a land monitoring constellation of two satellites that will provide high resolution optical imagery and provide continuity for the current SPOT and Landsat missions.
The mission will provide a global coverage of the Earth's land surface every 10 days with one satellite and 5 days with 2 satellites, making the data of great use in on-going studies.
The satellites will be equipped with the state-of-the-art MSI (Multispectral Imager) instrument, that offers high-resolution optical imagery.
21 August 2015
Satellite images show that the fastest moving glacier in the world shed a chunk of ice measuring around 12.5 sq km this week - one of the most significant calving events on record.
12 August 2015
Conservation organisations and space agencies are being called on to join forces to decide how changes in biodiversity can be monitored globally. What, exactly, should be measured by satellites?
Sentinel-2A - 23 June 2015
Operational lifespan: 7.25 years (with consumables for 12)
Orbit Height: 786 km
Resolution and Swath Width: 290 km - 10 m, 20 m and 60 m spatial resolution
Vega rocket (Sentinel-2A)
Ad interim operator: ESA
Astrium Germany has been prime contracted to construct the Sentinel-2 satellite and leads a consortium with core partners: